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League of Legends Mobile release date: LoL mobile news and Wild Rift beta update

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The League of Legends Mobile release date might still be far in the future but it appears work is being done on upcoming beta tests.

Riot Games announced plans to bring a new version of League of Legends to mobile devices and consoles earlier in 2019.

It was confirmed that it would be separate from the hit PC title and go by the name – League of Legends Wild Rift.

And fans have started to hear more about the first report beta tests for LoL mobile.

According to the latest reports, closed beta tests are now underway for the mobile version of the game.

It doesn’t appear to be any plans to extend this to more League gamers just yet but more news should be shared in early 2020.

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From what was confirmed, League of Legends Wild Rift matches take less time on mobile devices, clocking in at around 18 minutes.

Riot Games has already confirmed that the mobile version will be most streamlined but it’s unclear if plans have changed since testing began.

League of Legends on mobile will offer a redesigned 5v5 MOBA format which aims to reduce games down to 20 minutes.

For now, reports of closed beta tests will need to be taken with a big pinch of salt until we hear more from Riot Games.

We also know that LoL Mobile will have its own eSports events, although it’s unclear how big these will be.

League of Legends has been building a rep of taking on traditional sports with its current format and wouldn’t be surprising to hear that there are ambitious plans for the quicker version.

LEAGUE OF LEGENDS MOBILE RELEASE DATE

While Riot Games haven’t provided a full launch schedule, they have provided a rough guide.

League of Legends Wild Rift is to launch on mobile devices in 2020, with consoles set to follow at a later time.

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LoL Mobile: Wild Rift is also going to see a range of alpha and beta tests, some of them starting this year.

But Riot Games has also been honest with how they are putting together this new game, which is no mere PC port.

The dev team has revealed that League of Legends Wild Rift will be released in 2020 on Android and iOS.

Console versions will follow and it sounds like they won’t be arriving until 2021, so perhaps a new game for the PS5 and Xbox Scarlett.

“We’re going to begin the process of rolling alphas and betas through the end of the year, starting in China,” a message from Riot explains.

“The plan is to have the mobile version fully live everywhere in the world by the end of 2020, with console coming sometime after.

“We rebuilt the game from scratch (like… the whole thing). Refreshed models, animations, game systems and more—but keeping true to the core League of Legends gameplay you already know.

“We didn’t want to just port League on PC 1:1—we want to make sure Wild Rift feels like it was designed for new platforms, and use that opportunity to make a bunch of improvements to the game.

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“While you won’t get your unlocks from League PC, you’ll get some cool rewards for the time you’ve spent in the PC version.”

Riot Games has also confirmed that the first open beta tests for the game will be held in China, followed by other regions.

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